Chart Development Toolbox

Version 2.1.1 (20.5 MB) by Ken Deeley
This toolbox contains the MATLAB code for the technical article "Creating Specialized Charts with MATLAB Object-Oriented Programming".
Updated 12 Apr 2022

Chart Development Toolbox

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This toolbox contains the MATLAB® code for the technical article Creating Specialized Charts with MATLAB Object-Oriented Programming.

A chart provides a task-specific application programming interface (API) for creating custom visualizations. Designing and implementing a chart not only provides a convenient API for end users, but simultaneously removes the need for the user to manipulate low-level graphics objects.

The toolbox comprises several diverse examples of custom MATLAB charts, together with a catalog app for browsing the available charts.

You can inspect the source code used for each chart, explore the features and functionality of each chart, and run Live Script examples demonstrating the use of each chart. The toolbox also has documentation and resources to help you get started with developing your own charts.

Installation and Getting Started

This submission is a MATLAB toolbox.

  1. Double-click on the toolbox installer (the .mltbx file) to install the toolbox.
  2. See the documentation files GettingStarted.mlx and CreatingSpecializedCharts.mlx for introductory information.
  3. Open the Chart Catalog app from the Apps gallery to view the example charts.

MathWorks Product Requirements

The Chart Development Toolbox requires MATLAB release R2021a or later.

Some charts in the catalog rely on additional toolboxes.


The license for the Chart Development Toolbox is available in the license.txt file in this GitHub repository.

Copyright 2018-2021 The MathWorks, Inc.

Cite As

Ken Deeley (2024). Chart Development Toolbox (, GitHub. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2022a
Compatible with R2021a and later releases
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
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Version Published Release Notes

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See release notes for this release on GitHub:


This version implements all charts using the ChartContainer (R2019b) and ComponentContainer (R2020b) frameworks. Some chart capabilities (e.g., interactive legends) require R2021a.


Fixed bug with incorrect chart icons displaying when not all MathWorks toolboxes are available.


Repackaged as a toolbox.


This update contains further examples of custom charts, and the catalog now has an integral browser for the chart documentation.

To view or report issues in this GitHub add-on, visit the GitHub Repository.
To view or report issues in this GitHub add-on, visit the GitHub Repository.